Just joined the fray. I started a few years ago with an ALH Jetta Sedan ('03). The engine was great, but had the auto transmission. I ended up selling it before it really started acting up, and got a brand spanking new 2010 Jetta Sportwagen (Golf Variant) when they started showing up in January.
I intend to keep it running for as long as possible, though I would trade it for an Amarok TDI if given a chance